UNAIR NEWS – Some languages extinction problem recently has been the focus of public attention. Regarding the problem, Unair expert of ethnolinguistics, Dr. Ni Wayan Sartini, M. Hum was invited to Indonesian Regional Representative Council (DPD RI) for exchanging ideas some time ago. In the occasion, she explained that there are two (organizational) ways which can be used to develop local languages. They are formal and informal way.
For formal way, scholars in education sector should actively develop local contents, curricular regulation and educational policies. Then efforts on local language teachers’ should be conducted along with local language teachers’ recruitment should be done in a definite way.
“What happens now is quite interesting. At schools we often see local language subject taught by someone who is not a local language teachers. In the end the subject is only about material with no values and sense of meaning,” explained a lecturer who actively conducting researches in Local Languages Researcher Association (APBL).
The informal way would use cultural houses or communities which care about the language. The problem of language extinction is not new as in the east end of Indonesia, there are languages which the speakers are no more than ten. Furthermore, many languages have already disappeared as there were no more speakers of the languages. For that reason, Local Language Bill is a breakthrough and a refreshing breeze for local language users with many challenges they face and the languages’ poor condition.
“This is an effort from us and we do need government supports, as the local languages are in dire condition. If we lose materials, we can find them again, but if a language disappears, what elsa should we do?“ she added.
Writer: Nuri Hermawan